3 Things Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality05/02/2016 The term “air pollution” usually makes you think of the air outside your home. Actually, indoor air quality can be just as harmful as outdoor air. It makes sense. People are spending additional time indoors and our residences are becoming more energy-efficient, which means homes are air tight and capturing contaminants inside. You ought to know what’s negatively impacting your indoor air quality to help make it better. Here are three typical problems with your indoor air quality. 1. Humidity Levels Managing humidity levels can be tricky. Too much humidity can assist with the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Small amounts of humidity can hurt your mucous membranes and increase the possibility of contracting a cold or flu and increase other respiratory problems. Plus, any furniture and woodwork can be impacted by both low and high humidity levels. Fortunately, you can balance your home’s humidity levels with humidifiers and dehumidifiers. 2. Allergens The most typical indoor allergen is dust mites. Additionally, their droppings are one of the most common causes of asthma and allergy symptoms. Seeing that dust mites love pillows and bedding, your bedroom is a retreat for allergens. Another big culprit is pet dander. So, if your pets are in your bedroom, even more allergens are accumulating. You can lower the number of allergens in your bedroom by washing your bedding regularly and using a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. You can take getting rid of allergens to a new level with a whole-home air filtration system. A professional from Clean Air HVAC can walk through all your options and help you find the perfect system for your needs. 3. Household Chemicals and Odors While you might think it’s logical to mask bad household smells with air fresheners, they can actually cause health issues—like eye, throat and lung irritation—as a result of the chemicals used. This is also true for many household cleaners. Plus, these dangers can be even more threatening to children and elderly people with respiratory issues. These health risks are even more reason to consider a Lennox® whole-home filtration system. The air in your house should help your health, not hurt it. We want to use our expertise to ensure you have the best indoor air quality available. To schedule an in-home air assessment or inquire about indoor air quality, call us at 925-689-7017. If it’s more convenient for you, you can also schedule your appointment with us online.